Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger

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Aaron Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger (17 September, 1926 - 5 August, 2007) was a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and was Archbishop of Paris, 1981-2005. He was made a cardinal in 1983.


  • I was born Jewish and so I remain, even if that’s unacceptable for many. For me, the vocation of Israel is bringing light to the goyim. That’s my hope and I believe that Christianity is the means for achieving it.
    • Comment two years after becoming archbishop [1]
  • I was born Jewish. I received the name of my paternal grandfather, Aaron. Having become Christian by faith and baptism, I have remained Jewish. As did the Apostles.
    • Requested epitaph, quoted in The Economist obituary, August 18th 2007, p.76

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